Uttar Pradesh Live: Mulayam reaches EC office as feud over SP symbol with Akhilesh escalates

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Uttar Pradesh Live: Mulayam reaches EC office as feud over SP symbol with Akhilesh escalates
  • 16:54 (IST)

    (Updates begin for 2 January, 2017)

    Mulayam reaches EC office in Delhi

  • 15:56 (IST)

  • 15:53 (IST)

    SP won't split till I am alive: Azam Khan

    "Even I did not like this action. It should have been withdrawn. I am glad Akhilesh's expulsion was revoked," said Azam Khan.

    "Conspiracy against Samajwadi Party failed," he also said. "My only agenda is unity," he added. "I am not in SP to split the party but to unite it."

    "SP will not split till I am alive," said Khan.

  • 14:52 (IST)

    Mulayam showed mature politics: Amar Singh

    "Mulayam Singh ji has once again shown mature politics and his promise that he will not let this family or party split ever," Amar Singh said.

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    We have to fight communal forces together: Shivpal

    "The history of SP members is one to be proud of," said Shivpal Yadav.

    "I also had to go through the days of Emergency," said Shivpal, adding that he had worked with some great people in politics.

    "BJP has created an atmosphere of fear after demonetisation. They had done the same thing after the Babri Masjid demolition. But they were demolished later on," he said.

    "Netaji revoked the expulsion of Akhilesh and Ram Gopal. We have always fought communal forces and will continue to do so together," he added. "We will form a majority government again."

    "The country has seen other governments. But these other governments of BJP, BSP and Congress did no work. But whenever we have formed a government, we have fulfiled all our promises," Shivpal said.

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    SP will again form govt in UP: Lalu

    "I was already hopeful. The Samajwadi Party will again form a government in Uttar Pradesh. This is good," Lalu Prasad said.

    "It is our duty to offer support to Uttar Pradesh at times of crisis," Lalu further said.

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    All feuds are over: Shivpal Yadav

    "Netaji told us to immediately take Akhilesh Yadav and Ram Gopal Yadav back into the party," Shivpal Yadav told ANI. "Now, we will all come together and fight the 2017 polls together and form a government again," he added.

    "All the feuds are over," he said.

  • 13:59 (IST)

    Expulsion of Akhilesh, Ram Gopal revoked

    In less than 24 hours after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Ram Gopal Yadav were sacked from the Samajwadi Party, their expulsion was revoked and they were taken back into the party.

  • 13:45 (IST)

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    Sack Amar Singh, proposes Azam Khan

    CNN-News18 reports that Azam Khan has asked Mulayam Singh Yadav to sack Amar Singh from the Samajwadi Party.

  • 12:50 (IST)

    BJP will win UP for sure: Venkaiah Naidu tells Network18

    "The country is going forward. UP should not lag behind," Naidu told Network18. He also said that the SP split will improve the chances for BJP in UP.

  • 12:39 (IST)

    Setting the stage for a show of strength, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who was expelled from Samajwadi Party by his father and SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, held a meeting at his residence where a majority of the 229 party MLAs were present.

    Though the exact number of those present at the meeting was not immediately known, insiders maintained that a majority of the 229 SP MLAs were present. Besides, some SP MLCs and senior party functionaries loyal to Akhilesh attended the meeting.

    Akhilesh is expected to meet his supporters and party workers later in the day to prove his strength.

    The chief minister's 5-Kalidas Marg residence appeared to be the hub of high drama with youth supporters of Akhilesh assembling in large numbers to vent their fury over his expulsion and that of his uncle Ramgopal Yadav. — PTI

  • 12:36 (IST)

    Akhilesh supporters try to break cordon outside CM residence, clash with police: PTI

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    Violence in Lucknow

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    Akhilesh reaches Mulayam's residence

  • 12:25 (IST)

    SP feud now leads to violence

    ANI reported that Akhilesh supporters clashed with the supporters of Mulayam Singh Yadav and Shivpal Yadav in Lucknow.

  • 12:11 (IST)

    Will win UP and present it to my father: Akhilesh

    CNN-News18 reports that Akhilesh Yadav told the legislators at his residence that he will win the UP polls and present it to father Mulayam Singh Yadav. News reports also said that the Uttar Pradesh chief minister got emotional while addressing the legislators.

  • 12:06 (IST)

    Akhilesh's supporters hold havan outside CM's residence

    CNN-News18 also reported that Akhilesh Yadav addressed 194 legislators at his residence.

  • 11:52 (IST)

    Lalu speaks to Akhilesh, Mulayam

    According to CNN-News18, Lalu Prasad has spoken to both Akhilesh and Mulayam Singh Yadav and is trying to bring about peace in the party.

  • 11:33 (IST)

    Azam Khan reaches Mulayam's residence: ANI

  • 11:26 (IST)

    Amar Singh appeals to party members to stand with Mulayam

    Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh termed the crisis in the party as "unfortunate" and asked party members to support Mulayam Singh Yadav in the family feud which has seen Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav being expelled.

    "I appeal to the party members to stand with Netaji Mulayam Singh. Whatever is happening is very unfortunate," Amar, who had recently made a comeback to the party after a long exile, said.

    He was asked about the crisis in the party after supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav expelled his son Akhilesh Yadav and general secretary Ramgopal Yadav for six years after they put up candidates against the official nominees and summoned a party meet on Sunday.

    Amar said, "The foundation of this party was laid by Mulayam Singh with much dedication and hard work. I have said this earlier and will say it now, that Mulayam Singh is the chief of SP and the father of Akhilesh Yadav as well," he said. — PTI

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    Azam Khan calls meet of Muslim SP MLAs​

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    Amar Singh announces support for Mulayam

    CNN-News18 reports that Amar Singh has announced his support for Mulayam Singh Yadav.

  • 10:54 (IST)

    Section of SP MLAs support Akhilesh

  • 10:02 (IST)

    Mamata Banerjee calls Akhilesh Yadav, asks to stay strong | ANI

  • 09:42 (IST)

    'History may have clues but Akhilesh-Mulayam divide is difficult to predict'

    'The shock from the ongoing tiff between Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Mulayam Singh Yadav aside, there have been events in history that may tell us what to expect from this unique situation. For that, it is important to analyse the layered conflict that this ejection of Yadav from the party will result in. For starters, the most immediate impact that this will have is on the state of the party, which also happens to be in power. There have been a number of instances not too long ago that have played out on this landscape.'

    — Manika Sharma, writes on Firstpost. Read the full article here.

  • 09:20 (IST)

    Factors in favour of Akhilesh Yadav

    - His youth connect

    - Besides Mulayam Singh Yadav, there is no other face in the party as popular as Akhilesh

    - Akhilesh has been able to portray a different and modern image among a large section of voters In his old age,

    - Mulayam doesn't have the energy to criss-cross the state and infuse a renewed energy among voters.

    - Akhilesh has it

    - Shivpal Singh Yadav doesn't have a mass appeal

    - Akhilesh is the Mulayam Singh's heir, so there are always chances of a truce

    Firstpost writer Debobrat Ghose analyses the situation in Uttar Pradesh. Read the full article here.

  • 09:13 (IST)

    Not against Netaji but we stand with our CM: Juhi Singh, SP | ANI

  • 09:12 (IST)

    Akhilesh will emerge as an established leader: Satyapal Singh, BJP

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    My full support is with netaji: Amar Singh

  • 09:06 (IST)

    Mulayam Singh Yadav has called SP Parliamentary board meet on Saturday: ANI

  • 08:51 (IST)

    BJP adopts wait and watch policy on developments in SP | CNN-News18

  • 08:48 (IST)

    Samajwadi Party's fight is around the wealth they have looted: Sudhindra Bhadoria, BSP | ANI

  • 08:46 (IST)

    No constitutional crisis in Uttar Pradesh: Gaurav Bhatia, SP | ANI

  • 08:43 (IST)

    Samajwadi Party spokesperson Juhi Singh resigns: ANI

  • 21:16 (IST)

    Akhilesh urges police to ensure tight security

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    Uttar Pradesh DGP meets Akhilesh

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    BJP calls for Akhilesh's ouster

  • 20:48 (IST)

    MLAs send in letters of support

    Though it is not known which way the state will head, or how the Samajwadi Party will look post the split, several MLAs have reportedly given their letters supporting Akhilesh Singh Yadav.

  • 20:42 (IST)

    UP governor urges wait and watch approach

  • 20:41 (IST)

    Parties distance themselves from Samajwadi Party drama

    Congress, JD-U say it's the internal matter of the Samajwadi Party and they wouldn't comment on this.

  • 20:35 (IST)

    Akhilesh to address media

    Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav to address a press conference at 9 pm, where he is expected to announce his future course of action.

Lucknow: In a tough action, Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav expelled his son and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav as well as general secretary Ramgopal Yadav from the party for six years for "gross indiscipline", a decision that will lead to a political crisis in Uttar Pradesh.

 Uttar Pradesh Live: Mulayam reaches EC office as feud over SP symbol with Akhilesh escalates

Making the announcement at a press conference on Friday, Mulayam said the new chief minister will be chosen by the Samajwadi Party.

Flanked by brother Shivpal Yadav, who has been at loggerheads with the chief minister, Mulayam said he had taken the action against Akhilesh and Ramgopal to save the party which he had built through hard efforts.

"We have to save the party. The party comes first. That is why we are expelling both Akhilesh and Ramgopal," Mulayam said.

He explained that the decision was taken after Ramgopal, in his capacity as general secretary, called an emergency meeting of the party on 1 January and Akhilesh "supported" it.

Ramgopal called the meeting after a showcause notice was issued to him and Akhilesh by Mulayam for releasing a list of candidates, parallel to the one issued officially by Mulayam. "How can he (Akhilesh) release the list when the party has declared its candidates? Both Akhilesh and Ramgopal want to finish the party. I will not let it happen. I have built this party through hard work," Mulayam said. "I had made Akhilesh the chief minister with much fanfare."

With regard to the emergency meeting called by Ramgopal on Sunday, Mulayam said only the party president has the power to convene such a meeting. "The party cannot run on Ramgopal's whims," Mulayam said.

He said Ramgopal has not only indulged in indiscipline but is causing a big harm to the party. "As of now we have expelled him, but we will take further action against him," he party chief asserted.

Pouring scorn on Ramgopal, Mulayam said he has "ruined" the finishing career of Akhilesh who "does not understand".

Updated Date: Jan 02, 2017 16:54:15 IST